When Rodrigo Duterte is voted president of the Philippines, he sets in motion a machinery of death to execute suspected drug peddlers, users, and small-time criminals. “Aswang” follows people whose fates entwine with the growing violence during two years of killings in Manila.


Alyx Ayn Arumpac is a Filipina documentary filmmaker. She studied in the Documentary Filmdirecting Master Programme Docnomads in Europe, at the University of the Philippines, and attended the Berlinale Doc Station, Talents Tokyo, Docs by the Sea, and IDFAcademy. Her documentaries have screened in Clermont-Ferrand, Winterthur, Zurich Film Festival, Jihlava, Kasseler Dokfest, Uppsala, doclisboa, Timishort Film Festival, Budapest and more. She directs and produces documentaries for one of the top TV networks in Manila.



Director: Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Camera: Tanya Haurylchyk, Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Sound: John Michael Perez, Mikko Quizon
Music: Teresa Barrozo
Editing: Anne Fabini, Fatima Bianchi


Production Philippines: Armi Rae S. Cacanindin & Alyx Ayn Arumpac von Cinematografica Films
Coproducers Germany: Razor Film Produktion
Coproducers France: Les Films de l’oeil sauvage
Coproducers Norway: Stray Dog Productions AS


IDFA Bertha Fund, 2018 IDFAcademy Summer School Script, Aide aux cinémas du monde – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée/Institut Français, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Purin Pictures, White Light Post, Doha Film Institute, Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant, PACA Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Un Monde par tous foundation, Société des Producteurs et de l’ANGOA, DMZ Docs Fund, and Talents Tokyo Next Masters Support Grant.


World Sales:

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Festival & Awards

World Premier: International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), Amsterdam.
Beyond the Screen Award – DocAviv
Amnesty International Human Rights Award – Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Tokyo FILMeX, Japan
DocAviv, Israel
Dokufest Prizren, Kosova (Online)
IceDocs, Iceland (Online)
San Diego Filipino Cinema, US (Online)
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK (Online)
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece (Online)
Cinema du Reel, France (Online)
One World Film Festival, Czech Rep.
True/False, US
MoMa Doc Fortnight, US